Rejina Pyo wins Han Nefkens Fashion Award 2012
The Han Nefkens Fashion Award 2012 goes to Rejina Pyo (South Korea). Rejina Pyo recently gained an MA in women’s wear from Central Saint Martins in London. Her graduate collection uniquely combined fluid forms of female garments with those of wooden totem sculptures carried by the models on the catwalk, creating a distinctive atmosphere. Colors, volumes and various textures of materials are combined in a narrative structure where the pagan element is vivid. Rejina’s work has been presented in various magazines such as AnOther Magazine and Vogue Italia, while she has taken part in London Fashion Week. Rejina’s unique creations have been included in the exhibition ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion at the Benaki Museum, Athens. Vassilis Zidianakis, director of Atopos and curator of this exhibition, recommended her to the Han Nefkens Fashion Award jury consisting of Penny Martin, Viktor & Rolf, José Teunissen and Han Nefkens. The commissioned work that is part of the award will be presented in September 2012 in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Rejina Pyo wins Han Nefkens Fashion Award 2012   Rejina Pyo wins Han Nefkens Fashion Award 2012                            

The ArtAids foundation was set up in 2006 at Han Nefkens’ initiative. ArtAids fights AIDS with the power of art as its most important weapon. ArtAids invites leading artists to produce work that is inspired by AIDS and related problems. These works of art are used to raise the public’s consciousness and to encourage their involvement.

Fundació Han Nefkens

The Han Nefkens Foundation is a private non-profit organisation that was set up in Barcelona in 2009 with the aim of promoting the production of contemporary artworks. The mission is to stimulate artistic creation in Barcelona by offering international artists an opportunity to create artworks and interventions in the city, and to promote other fields of contemporary creation.


Han Nefkens started to collect art in 2000. The H+F Collection, named after himself and his partner Felipe, is in long-term loan to various museums in The Netherlands and abroad. Nowadays Han Nefkens is not only active as a collector but also as an initiator of international art projects, often in collaboration with museums and other art institutions.